Category June 2012

Singing the praises

Festival director touts music programming as “serious fun” By Hank Hoffman Smart can be fun. That’s a point Mary Lou Aleskie, executive director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, keeps returning to as she describes this year’s music schedule in an interview in her office. Intellectual challenge? Check. Cross-cultural uplift? Of course. But […]

Portrait of a program

A conversation with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’ Cathy Edwards By David A. Brensilver Cathy Edwards, director of programming at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, spoke recently with the editor of The Arts Paper about this year’s lineup. Q: The themes of the 2009, 2010, and 2011 festivals were, respectively, “Global […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off On… Ocarina

By Cindy Clair I recently attended a Master’s Tea at Yale University’s Saybrook College featuring Ge Wang, an assistant professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Ge has authored an audio computer programming language called ChucK and was a founder of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra and the Stanford Mobile Phone […]

Civil War Christmas to have NY premiere

Paula Vogel play originally debuted at Long Wharf in 2008 Playwright Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas, which was debuted in 2008 at Long Wharf Theatre, is scheduled to receive its New York premiere later this year. The play, as described by the New York Theatre Workshop, which will present the work in winter 2012, […]

The Arts Council Sounds Off On… Facebook

By Amanda May As the Arts Council’s new communications manager, it is part of my job to publish Facebook posts about all things art. Because of this, the cover article of The Atlantic’s “Culture Issue” (May 2012) stood out to me in a big way. In the article, Stephen Marche delves deep into the alleged […]

Eclectic, not electric

Goodnight Blue Moon’s first record showcases rootsy acoustic pop By Hank Hoffman What if the Shins were all acoustic and seasoned their irresistible melodies with some bluegrass? They might sound like the New Haven-based band Goodnight Blue Moon. This thought is brought to mind while listening to “Old Man and the Sea,” the second song […]